Update on the latest NHL-NHLPA meetings, Sabres Luke Adam looks for fresh start, Mike Modano to be inducted in US Hockey Hall of Fame, two teams seek assistant coaches, and more.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: NHLPA director Donald Fehr and player rep Manny Malhotra called yesterday’s NHL CBA negotiations “business-like”, “appropriate” and “very productive”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not to be cynical, but those words will have more meaning if they’re uttered in late-August or early-September.

Adam hoping for better sophomore season with Sabres.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres forward Luke Adam is looking forward to a fresh start after a rookie season which began well but finished with him playing in the minors.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks announced the hiring of former Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier as their new director of player personnel.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gauthier’s critics blame him for the Canadiens poor performance and the circus-like atmosphere around the team last season, so this hiring raised eyebrows.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Former NHL great Mike Modano will be inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame.

NORTHJERSEY.COM/CSNWASHINGTON.COM: The Devils and Capitals are both in need of assistant coaches.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Shelly Anderson with a profile of new Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin, who joined the club as part of the return in the Jordan Staal trade last month.

NEWSDAY: Another effort is afoot to construct a new arena for the NY Islanders, whose lease with their current venue expires in 2015.